Sunday, January 4, 2015

Our Subbuteo Part 4 - The Mid 80s

These were all zombie teams in the more normal shaped boxes that are pretty similar to the ones used today. These were all teams that I bought myself when I was a lad with my pocket money.

Scotland 1986
This was the kit worn by the Scotland team at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. It was quite distinctive in that they wore the shorts with the hoop across the middle as seen below in Subbuteo form.

The Scotland team for a cahnce to qualify for the World Cup needed a result. They got a draw to set u with Wales, to set off a play off game with Australia, however they didn't feel much like celebrating, as their iconic manager Jock Stein suffered a heart attack during the matach and died.

Alex Ferguson took over for the play off game against the Aussies, which they won 3-0. At the World Cup they were drawn in the 'group of death' with Denmark, West Germany and Uruguay. They only managed to get one point from a 0-0 draw with Uruguay.

Aston Villa 1985-87
This kit which was a deviation from the traditional claret with blue sleeves and was made by minor firm Henson, wasn't everybody's cup of tea, but it was one of my favourite Villa shirts of all time and reminds me of a time when I was a regular on the Holte End.

They weren't the best of times at Villa Park, but here's a picture of Paul Birch in the kit.

Manchester United 1985 FA Cup Winners Kit
This was back in the day when coverage of the FA Cup final was on all day and all of the clubs took it seriously the game was won in extra time when Norman Whiteside scored for United the only goal in the game against Everton.

Here they are after winning the pot,

Queens Park Rangers 1985-87
The red on the main part and the sleeves was unique to this period when QPR were sponsored by Guinness. It was during a period of time when QPR were doing quite well and at the end of this period finished 5th.

In the mid 80s Monaco had a lot of domestic success and even hammered Bordeaux 9-0 in a record breaking scoreline.

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